The Political Economy and Development Lab (PEDL) at Brigham Young University was founded in 2008 to increase understanding of the relationship between politics and economics, with a special focus on global development. We examine these themes through five lenses: public goods and development, conflict and development, foreign aid, corruption and development and public discourse. Our mission is four-fold:

  1. to mentor undergraduate students in research related to these topics
  2. to develop and house large datasets on political economy
  3. to coordinate and produce quality research and reporting from the data 
  4. to invite and host visiting speakers and scholars in residence

Through our work, we hope to better prepare the leaders of tomorrow to understand and confront the challenges of international development and political economy. In our collaborations, we hope to inform and influence policy and advance understanding of the problems and solutions we face globally. 

PEDL is generously funded by Richard and Judy Finch.

PEDL is housed in the Political Science Department at Brigham Young University and includes scholars from Political Science, Economics, and from the Graduate Program for Public Policy

Related Links

AidWatch, ONE, Global Poverty, Open Aid, UN

Director: Dr. Dan Nielson

The Director of PEDL is Dr. Daniel Nielson. Dr. Nielson is a specialist in political economy, with expertise in the comparative and international political economy of development, trade, and finance. His current research also includes experimental research and foreign aid transparency. He is the principal investigator for Project-Level Aid at BYU.

‚ÄčAssociated Faculty

The following are those faculty members associated with PEDL:

Darren Hawkins: department chair and professor, political science (international institutions, international relations theory, international norms, human rights)

Sven Wilson: associate professor, political science (economics of health and the family, public policy)

Mike Findley: assistant professor, political science (international security, civil conflict)

Joel Selway: assistant professor, political science (democracy, poverty, ethnic conflict)

Scott Cooper: associate professor, political science (monetary cooperation)

Kirk Hawkins: associate professor, political science (political and economic development in Latin America)

Kerk Phillips: associate professor, economics

Mark Showalter: professor, economics

Josh Gubler: assistant professor, political science

Joseph Price: assistant professor, economics